5 Easy Steps To Turn Google Slides Into An Engaging Video

Easily turn your Google Slides presentations into an engaging, sharable video with Screencast-O-Matic. It only takes a few minutes to record your slides. You can add your voice narration and show your face via a webcam as part of your presentation.  

You can also get really creative with your Google Slides videos by adding a green screen to remove your background.  It effectively embeds your webcam into your slideshow. Enhance your slides even more with the use of a video editing tool to mix and match content from multiple devices, add stock music, and so much more!  

You won’t need any experience to get started. Just follow this guide to turn your Google Slides into a video in five easy steps.

Below is a quick video to show you how to turn your Google Slides presentations into a video:

Prepare your Google Slides presentation

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Did you know you can easily turn your Google Slides presentations into engaging, shareable videos with Screencast-O-Matic? It only takes minutes to record slides as a screencast, whether you narrate your slideshow as-is, or show your face via webcam as you speak.

To really wow your audience, use the Green Screen feature to remove your background, effectively embedding your webcam into your slideshow. You won’t need any experience to get started. Just follow this guide to turn your Google Slides into a video in five easy steps.

1. Launch the Free Screen Recorder

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Choosing the right software to record your Google Slides presentation is essential. We recommend the Screen Recorder because it’s intuitive, easy to use, and affordable on any budget. It’s available on Windows, Mac, Chromebook, and on your mobile device. Use it to create simple screen recordings, or longer and more elaborate videos with a professional flair. 

Once your Google Slides presentation is ready to go, launch the Screen Recorder. If you have an account, the Chrome browser extension, or the app, simply click on the Screencast-O-Matic icon to get started.  

You can use Screencast-O-Matic without an account, but having one enables you to save your recordings in your own hosting account. From there you can access, organize, and share them at any time. 

2. Record your Google Slides presentation

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After launching the Screen Recorder, a transparent black box will appear on your screen. Drag and drop the sides of this box so that only your Google Slides presentation fits inside.  For best results, set Google Slides to presentation mode before you start recording. 

In the bottom left corner, you’ll see all the controls you need to record your video:

  • Select whether to record your screen, webcam, or both.
  • See the maximum recording time available for your recording. 
  • In addition to click and drag, you can also choose a preset window size for your recording: 420p, 720p, or full screen. We recommend 720p for the clearest image of your Google Slides or PowerPoint presentation.
  • Use the narration option to record presentation audio while you film. Click the arrow to select which microphone to use. Click “none” to disable narration. 

When you’re happy with your recording settings, click “record.” You’ll see a quick countdown, after which you’re ready to film. 

Don’t forget Green Screen: Green Screen is perfect for recording slide shows. It removes your webcam background, putting you directly in front of your slide deck. Enable Green Screen by clicking the magic wand icon, or find the effect in the Video Editor after you record.

3. Finish your recording

Done recording? When you’re happy with your audio and video, click the blue button to stop recording, and select “done” to save your project. If you need to delete your recording and restart, click the trash icon.

After clicking “done,” your recording will appear in a new window along with options to save and publish. If you’d like to go ahead and publish now without editing your video, skip ahead to step five.

4. Add effects using the Video Editor

You have powerful editing options with both free and subscription accounts. As a free plan user, you can trim the start and end to remove awkward pauses and upload captions from a file. 

You can also add captions to your video to make it more accessible for hearing impaired students and those who use assistive technology. With a free account, you’ll be able to upload your captions from a file. Deluxe and Premier users can also use speech-to-text, type captions manually, or use the Scripted Recordings feature to use your captions as a script while you film. 

If you really want to keep students engaged, you may wish to get a little creative with your editing. Deluxe and Premier users have access to an even wider range of handy tools in the Video Editor. Click “edit” to begin.

A menu will appear above your video timeline containing the following tools and more:

Overlays: You can add images or additional video clips, blur out sensitive information, use an outline to emphasize certain points, add an arrow, provide additional text or zoom/ highlight into a specific area of your recording.

Stock music: Access an expansive stock music library with instrumental songs to fit any mood.

Transitions: For a professional look, add smooth transitions between each page of your slide deck. 

Narrate: Use the narrate tool when you realize you’ve skipped something and want to record audio again to get it right. 

Green Screen: If you used a webcam in your recording, you could remove the background with Green Screen so you appear on the screen in front of your slides.

5. Publish and share your Google Slides video

You can publish your video on Screencast-O-Matic or YouTube, or save it as a file on your device. Share via Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Google Drive, or Dropbox, or get a link to share. 

When you are done enhancing your video, there are several options to save, publish, and share. Connect your accounts with Screencast-O-Matic to access one-click publishing for future recordings.

You can publish on YouTube, Screencast-O-Matic’s hosting services, or save as a video file. Deluxe users can also publish to Vimeo, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

Finally, share your video directly to Facebook, Twitter, or your social media platform of choice with a URL.  

Turn presentations into engaging videos

It’s so easy to record Google Slides and create an attention-grabbing presentation design with Screencast-O-Matic. The videos you create will be more shareable and engaging than a regular slide deck. Best of all, with an arsenal of video lessons on your side, you can say goodbye to repeating yourself during class.